The Decameron: A Critique Of Federigo's Fealgo

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(A critique of Federigo’s Falcon) “Squandering his wealth in an attempt to gain the affection of a beautiful woman, Federigo degli Alberighi is left with only a small farm and a magnificent falcon” (Miksanek). Giovanni Boccaccio wrote “The Decameron” and in that story is a feature known as “Federigo’s Falcon”. In this story, a man ultimately decides to make major life decisions that will change his outlook on life very dramatically. When things suddenly take a sharp turn, Federigo makes decisions he may live to regret. But he is blinded by the sight of something he views as far greater. In “Federigo’s Falcon”, Boccaccio develops the messages of loyalty, freedom, and sacrifice. “Federigo’s Falcon” leaves behind the message of loyalty and commitment. Federigo has developed such a relationship with his…show more content…
Federigo meets a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away. After finding her, he realizes that he wants nothing but her in this life.With that mindset, Federigo sets out to please this woman, Monna. In doing so, he makes the ultimate sacrifice that none of us pictured would happen. Once he had killed the only thing he had, Federigo pushed towards Monna in order to obtain her love. Boccaccio has written, “Federigo managed his affairs more prudently, and lied with her in happiness to the end of his days” (Page 165). Although earning her love took the sacrifice of his bird, Federigo decided that he would continue to make beautiful sacrifices in order to keep the woman that he loved in his life. An analysis of this story states, “When Giovanna learns what a sacrifice the Count has made, she is won by his devotion and dares to front the family feud that has kept her from responding to his love” (Organ). Federigo sacrifices his falcon, who has become so loyal to him. In doing this, Federigo loses something he values greatly, but gains another prized possession that he eventually becomes so noble
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